With Good Reason

Archive for September, 2006

Jamestown: A Primer for the Pilgrims?
September 30th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Some have styled Jamestown in its early years as badly organized and poorly governed–peopled with scum-of-the-earth, quarrelsome, and occasionally riotous settlers. But this terrible reputation is misleading, says Karen Kupperman of New York University. Jamestown was figuring out how to create a working society and effective government, through trial and error, and in part became […]

Harry Potter, Fantasy and Censorship
September 23rd, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Banned Books Week will be celebrated September 23-30, 2006. Using the example of the popular Harry Potter novels and some recent attempts to ban them, Warren Rochelle (UMW), talks about the dangers of limiting access to literature. Also: Thomas J. MacDonald (LU) will read his essay “Like Father Like Daughter” from his upcoming book titled Essays to Farmville. […]

Inventions that Changed History
September 16th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Why did Africans domesticate cattle and donkeys but not zebras? Why did the Aborigines invent the boomerang? What modern piece of office equipment helped foil a coup attempt in the Soviet Union in 1991? Bernard Carlson (UVA) has written seven-volumes on the history of technology that begins with the Stone Age and ends with the global economy. […]

The Selling of 9/11
September 9th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

On Sept. 11, 2000, Wal-Mart sold about 6,000 American flags. The same day a year later, the day of the terrorist attacks, the mega-retailer sold 116,000 American flags — almost 20 times more than the year before. Dana Heller (ODU) examines the role consumer goods, media outlets, and commercial advertising have played in shaping the cultural memory […]

Voices of the Class
September 2nd, 2006 - (0 Comments)

When high school seniors labor over their college essays, they never imagine that their words could end up on stage. The members of Spectrum Theatre (UVA) create skits, monologues, and musical numbers taken from college admissions essays and welcome nervous first-year students with a little theatre based on their own writing. Also: Kathy Hosig (VT) has completed some preliminary […]